MP Kakooza summoned by court over assault

By Chris Kiwawulo

The charges come at the time when he is still recuperating from injuries he sustained when he got involved in an accident

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Court in Masaka has issued criminal summons against Kabula County (Rakai district) Member of Parliament, James Kakooza, for allegedly assaulting a councillor of Lyantonde town council.

According to court documents, a criminal case of assault number 60 of 2019 was filed in the Chief Magistrate’s court of Masaka at Lyantonde against Kakooza.

This followed a police case reported by councillor Lad Kamulumba in 2015 under reference number CRB 1056/2015. Kamulumba is accusing Kakooza of assaulting him on October 25, 2015, during the National Resistance (NRM) party primaries in the district. Both Kakooza and the councillor are NRM party members.

“You are hereby commanded by the Uganda government to appear before this honourable court on the 12th day of March 2019 at 09:00 hours,” read the summons in part.

Kakooza is facing charges of assault contrary to section 236 of the Penal code Act.

The charges come at the time when he is still recuperating from injuries he sustained when he got involved in an accident at the beginning of December last year.

Kakooza, who was driving a Volkswagen Golf car registration number UBB 826F, was involved in an accident at Nyakahita-Rwebiteete in Kiruhura district along the Mbarara Highway after ramming into a bodaboda carrying two passengers.

Kakooza and his bodyguard survived with injuries, and they were admitted to Mbarara Hospital. But one life was lost in the accident that left two other persons injured.

The deceased was identified as Enos Kisakye a pastor at Lwebiteete Church of God.

The other two survivors who were admitted at Lyantonde Hospital were David Byamugisha and John Ngumikiriza, both residents of Lwebiteete village.